A fire on Del Norte Street on Thursday evening heavily damaged the back side of a single-family home, but no occupants were inside at the time of the incident, Lampasas Fire Marshal Ronnie Withers said. 

Withers, who was still investigating the case Friday morning, said the structure is fixable. He and Fire Captain Corey Greiner gave the following details.

A passing motorist noticed black smoke in the area and drove closer to the scene. The motorist got out of the vehicle, approached the house, called out to see if anyone was inside and began cooling down flames with a garden hose.

A female caller also notified dispatchers that she could see the fire from across Central Texas Expressway, at Tractor Supply.

Lampasas Police Department dispatched firefighters to the scene at 7:24 p.m, and LPD officers also responded.

Initially there was a report that a person might be inside the building, but firefighters conducted a primary and secondary search and determined there were no occupants. 

After the first LFD personnel arrived at 7:27, the fire was mostly contained in approximately 10 minutes, Greiner said. 

LFD's on-duty shift, Fire Chief Jeff Smith and Fire Marshal Withers were soon joined by several volunteer firefighters from Lampasas and Kempner Volunteer Fire Department. Acadian Ambulance Service and Lampasas Police Department also remained on scene while fire suppression was in progress. 

Withers had not determined the cause at press time, but he said the area of origin was the back side of the home, which was the south side.